Paul Daley issues apology to Koscheck, UFC and fans

by Gareth A. Davies | source:

I’ve had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologise to the UFC and the Athletic Commission for what I’ve done as well as all the fans and sponsors that support me.


I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to Josh Koscheck who did not deserve the cheap shot I threw.  He did what he needed to do in order to win the fight and get the job done, and I foolishly reacted to the situation.”


There is no excuse for my actions and I know what I did was very unprofessional.  I was immensely frustrated by a collection of things that took place throughout the fight as well as leading up to it, but I’m certainly not trying to condone or excuse my actions.


Josh implemented his game plan perfectly taking me down and staying on top of me for the majority of the fight.  I was also frustrated about him claiming (and acting like) I knee’d him in the head on the ground when it was clear for all to see in the video replay that I didn’t connect at all with the knee I threw.


Then finally, the verbal abuse Josh hit me with in the final 30 seconds of the fight simply pushed me over the edge and my frustrations came out as I knew I’d lost the fight, was unhappy with my own performance and had then been ridiculed by my opponent to top things off.


This is certainly no excuse for my actions; I fully deserve to be punished for what I did and hope that everyone I have disappointed can forgive my rash decision.  I feel very disappointed in myself for losing my cool and hope that I am able to address my temperament and bounce back from this low point in my career.


I feel ashamed and embarrassed by what I did and hope that together my team and I can get through this issue. It will be a long road back from where I am now to earning the trust and respect of the UFC and the MMA fans that have supported me for so long, I know I’ve let you all down but I’m determined to make it up to you all.


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Twisty site profile image  

5/11/10 8:11 AM by Twisty

to be honest that goes for the top uk fighters aswell! we are light years behind in wrestling skill!!

Grakman site profile image  

5/11/10 7:08 AM by Grakman

 He isn't banned from fighting, he's banned from the UFC. So although he will be impacted financially he can still earn a living, assuming the other promotions will let him fight as well.  The UFC cuts fighters all the time for failing to perform or other reasons, what's the big deal about cutting a guy who throws a sucker punch after the fight is over? Daley doesn't throw that punch, there is no debate. Daley was fired for potential loss and liability as much as he was for throwing that punch, imo.  Imagine what would be going down had he actually KO'd Koscheck after the fight was over, live TV? Yikes.

Mmanizzle site profile image  

5/11/10 4:37 AM by Mmanizzle

sincere apology, however, DFW said he's gone forever... too bad - Strikeforce?

Mmanizzle site profile image  

5/11/10 4:37 AM by Mmanizzle

 Yo, what did Koscheck say to him anyways?

BigSleep site profile image  

5/11/10 2:23 AM by BigSleep

daley should be sentenced to a lifetime of wrestling training!

redmtx site profile image  

5/11/10 1:51 AM by redmtx

Who would ever believe that anyway. No way half of those words are in his vocabulary. His manager wrote that shit and Daley probably never even saw that shit.

KneeUppercut site profile image  

5/11/10 1:45 AM by KneeUppercut

Who WOULDN'T be sorry for getting caught looking like a big bitchass crybaby on pay per view for the world to see? If he cheapshotted someone in the bar he'd be laughing with his friends right now. Fuck this thug. Enjoy the minor leagues you fool.

Lookypeter site profile image  

5/11/10 1:00 AM by Lookypeter

im sure dana will change his mind sooner or later if paul daley keep winning fights. everything was in the heat of the moment.

honeyman site profile image  

5/10/10 5:13 PM by honeyman

good to see he's HOPEFULLY back on the right track for now

BzGrappla site profile image  

5/10/10 5:03 PM by BzGrappla

who cares when he wrote, maybe he is sorry, and maybe he realizes he is gonna have to live with not being in the ufc.but the apology is neccessary.